Family & Community Partners
César Chávez Elementary is glad to partner with community organizations to provide family resources. Below, you will find community resource information about partner organizations that participate in the Chávez community.
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
The work of Instituto Familiar de la Raza's Early Intervention Program is focused on promotion, early intervention and building community resiliency.
Elia Dominguez, Mental Health Consultant, offers services that address the unique developmental, behavioral, and cultural needs of children and their families. The program ensures the well-being of children, families, and teachers by enhancing supportive relationships and fostering positive learning environments. Mental health consultation services to César Chávez focus on reducing barriers to learning by enhancing the capacity of teachers, administrators, and parents to respond to the social-emotional and behavioral needs of the child and his/her family. For more information on Instituto Familiar de La Raza, please visit the website www.ifrsf.org .
San Francisco Youth Theatre
San Francisco Youth Theatre transforms youth and communities by providing accessible opportunities in arts creation, education, and performance, designed to foster personal growth and create lasting social impact.
SF Youth Theatre Classes at César Chávez Elementary School are funded through the California Arts Council. Below is a biography for each theatre teacher and instructor.
Sally Davis teaches Story Theatre at César Chávez Elementary. She also works as a musician, theater director, and arts educator in Telluride, Colorado and in children’s theater residencies around the world including: Telluride Institute Watershed Puppet Shows, The Children’s Storefront School, Harlem, N.Y., Bay Area Discovery Museum, Marsh Youth Theater and Mudd Butt International. Sally conducts Story Theater workshops at the Ah Haa School, The Mudd Butt Mystery Theater Troupe, Circus Holus Bolus and Moving Mountain Theater in Telluride. Sally’s adult performance work includes: San Francisco Trolley Dances, Sonic Luminescence (Epiphany Productions), Planet Protectors and How Clowns Got Their Red Nose, Field Trip (Telluride Repertory’s ACTion Tour), St. Adolf’s Ring (Terry Riley) and The Mission is Not Impossible (Peter Whitehead.) She is a recipient of the Telluride Institute Visionary Award.
Dyana Díaz, SFYT's Outreach Coordinator and Teaching Artist, is a Puerto Rican actress and teaching artist. Dyana assists with theatre classes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at César Chávez and in the Bilingual Kindgergarten theatre classes. She earned her B.A. in Performing Arts for the Theatrical Expression at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, in 2012. There, she was co-founder of “Colectivo Transeunte” a theatre group dedicated to the creation of performances for young audiences. With Colectivo Transeunte, she worked as an actress, assistant director, stage manager and producer in numerous performances, locally and internationally. In 2014, she was co-founder of INART, Institute of the Performing Arts, the first private acting school in Guadalajara, Mexico where she worked as a teaching artist and academic coordinator. In early 2017, she arrived in San Francisco and started working with SFYT staff team and as a teaching artist in various public schools.
Maica Folch teaches theatre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students as well as theatre for Bilingual Kindergarten at César Chávez. Maica is a movement artist and educator from Barcelona, Spain who teaches aerial dance, trapeze and clowning. She has performed in theater and dance projects directed by Moshe Cohen, Rhodessa Jones, Kim Epifano, Theresa Dickinson and Lizz Roman. Maica is a lover of the Day of the Dead celebration. Along with other members of the Marigold Project, she organizes the Day of the Dead festival of altars at Garfield Park. Maica has worked with home-schooled children and also with students at many local schools, such as Sanchez Elementary School, James Lick Middle School, Buena Vista Elementary School and The San Francisco School.
Emily Klion, SFYT Executive and Artistic Director, specializes in collaborating with artists from all disciplines, creating and producing new works of theater for youth with an emphasis on social justice. She has a BA and MA from Mills College in music composition, where she studied with the great Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. Emily composes much of the music for SFYT’s original productions. Before founding SF Youth Theatre, Emily was the director of the Marsh Youth Theater (MYT), which she help create in 2001, developing a community youth theater magnet for young artists throughout the Bay Area. She received the American Harmony Prize for her original script and score of Katherine Paterson’s “Jip, His Story”, and the Rex Foundation’s “Jerry Garcia Award” for promoting creativity in youth.
Leslie Price is a theatre educator, director, and writer who is currently serving as San Francisco Youth Theatre's Program Coordinator. Leslie supports all of the theatre classes at César Chávez Elementary. She's spent much of her career as a teaching artist specializing in work by and for young people. Most recently, she served as the Children's Director for a large non-profit youth theatre in the Chicagoland area creating curriculum and producing a variety of plays and musicals including an original adaptation of Al Capone Does My Shirts by San Francisco's Gennifer Choldenko. In addition to her work at SFYT, Leslie works with Ragged Wing Ensemble in Oakland and as a writer for Clef Notes Journal, an arts magazine in Chicago.